Chelan guard Joe Harris earns Gatorade's State Player of the Year and will be one of the star attractions at the WIBCA All-State Game on Saturday at Mountlake Terrace High School.
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — Chelan’s high-scoring Joe Harris, who Thursday was named Gatorade State Player of the Year, will be one of the stars as the top boys high-school basketball players in the state gather at Mountlake Terrace High School on Saturday for the 2010 WIBCA All-State Game.
Three games will match up standouts from across the state in all six classifications. Class 1B and 2B will play at noon, 1A plays 2A at 2 p.m. and 3A and 4A headline the event at 4 p.m.
Harris, a 6-foot-6 senior guard, led Chelan (26-2) to fifth place in the Class 1A state tournament, averaging 26.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 4.4 steals and 1.6 blocks. Harris, also Mr. Basketball by the Washington State Coaches Association, shot 59.2 percent from the field and 76.5 percent from the free-throw line. Last year’s Seattle Times Class 1A Player of the Year finished his career with 2,399 points and will play for Virginia.
“He’s multidimensional,” said Brad Wilson, head coach of rival Lake Roosevelt High in a release. “He can shoot it, drive it and pass it. He can defend and rebound. He’s the whole package. I asked some of the old-timers who have been around a long time, going back to the ’70s, and they said he was probably the best player in league history.”
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Other Division I recruits in the all-state game will be Vashon’s John Gage (Stanford), Bellevue’s Aaron Bright (Stanford), Mount Si’s Tanner Riley (Portland), Gonzaga Prep’s Ryan Nicholas (Portland), Ephrata’s Patrick Simon (Washington State) and Walla Walla’s Michael Weisner (Montana).
In addition to the games, state players of the year and the Mr. Basketball award will be presented.
Admission to the event is $10 for an all-day pass and $5 for students with ASB cards.